The main thematic focus of the 3rd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum will be on participation  and active citizenship of young people and their involvement in the decision making process.

The topics will be explored from the following perspectives:

  • Young people as active, critical and responsible citizens
  • Young people and entrepreneurship – taking the future into own hands
  • Young people and education today: formal, non-formal and informal

The 3rd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum

The planned Eastern Partnership Youth Forum will be the third conference dedicated to youth issues and education; the previous fora took place in Lithuania (2013) and Latvia (2015) focusing on social inclusion and employment/employability respectively.

This note outlines the concept of the 3rd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum, to be held in June 2017 in Warsaw (Poland).

Objectives

The main objectives of the planned 3rd EaP Youth Forum are:

  • To deepen the dialogue and advance cooperation on youth matters and education with EaP countries by sharing expertise and experience as well as providing a space for networking and cooperation in the future, including in local and transnational projects;
  • To identify and discuss common challenges and propose concrete actions, which would help to address those challenges, notably in view of the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit in 2017;
  • To feed the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit Declaration to be signed in November 2017 in Brussels/Belgium;
  • To inform the EU youth policy development post 2018, along with national youth policies in the countries involved.

Thematic focus

The 3rd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum will focus on participation and active citizenship of young people and their involvement in the decision making process.

The concept note is based on the following documents:

  • Discussions during the 16th meeting of the Eastern Partnership Platform 4 'Contacts between people' dedicated to youth issues, 15 December 2016, Brussels, Belgium
  • Declaration and Recommendations from the Eastern Partnership Youth Conference 'Youth for Rights', 27-28 October 2016, Bratislava, the Slovak Republic
  • Recommendations from the second Eastern Partnership Youth Forum, 9-11 February 2015, Riga, Latvia
  • Joint conclusions from the first Eastern Partnership Youth Forum, 22-25 October 2013, Kaunas, Lithuania

The note also takes into account the current EU youth policy and programme development, in particular:

  • The thematic focus of the recent cycle of the structured dialogue 'Enabling all young people to engage in a diverse, connected and inclusive Europe', and the related EU presidencies' youth conferences.

Work Plan for youth 2016-2018, e.g. expert group on the specific contribution of youth work as well as non-formal learning to fostering active citizenship and participation of young people in diverse and tolerant societies and preventing marginalisation, radicalisation potentially resulting in violent behaviour; expert group on risks, opportunities and implications of digitalisation for youth, youth work,  and youth policy; study on the impact of the internet and social media on youth participation and youth work; study on youth entrepreneurship and youth work; Draft Conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, on the role of youth work in supporting young people's development of essential life skills that facilitate their successful transition to adulthood, active citizenship and working life; seminar on democracy, youth and sport: promoting democratic values and civic engagement among young people via cross sector work youth/sport.

  • Ongoing consultations on the EU youth strategy post 2018;
  • Erasmus+ and EU4Youth opportunities and joint projects with EaP.

The concept note take also in considerations the needs of the youth sectors in the EaP countries, in particular concerning access of young people to rights and social services, exchanges of experiences - at the European and national levels; providing youth work with know-how and training, access to European expertise and advice, assistance in the process of developing competences and building capacities of youth organisations.

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